Steve McClaren was delighted his Nottingham Forest side restored some pride despite going out of the Carling Cup to a last-gasp Fabricio Coloccini winner as Newcastle snatched a 4-3 win.
Argentinian Coloccini headed home in the second minute of injury time at the end of extra time, just as it looked as though a compelling tie at the City Ground was heading for penalties.
McClaren, whose side had surrendered to East Midlands rivals Derby on Saturday, said: "The key thing was restoring pride in the team."
Newcastle had led three times through Peter Lovenkrands' double and Danny Simpson's fluke strike, but equalisers from Robbie Findley, Matt Derbyshire and, in the 115th minute, Marcus Tudgay, kept the result in doubt until Coloccini's late winner.
McClaren continued: "The fans wanted to see that and I think they got it, and they got it in abundance.
"It was a great response to what has been a very difficult few days, but sometimes, adversity like that is the making of a team and you have to go through it."
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